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Telfer Entrepreneurship Program for Military Families

This program will take participants through the start-up process in a dynamic and interactive 2-day session. Similar to a sport, learning about entrepreneurship involves “doing it” to understand the process, tools and resources required. Operating in a learning environment, participants will see the start-up process first hand, mostly by participating in activities and group work facilitated by a start-up expert.

In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop, participants will learn about entrepreneurship by doing it in a safe and supported environment. Starting a business can be a daunting task, but by both learning start-up skills and practising them, you’ll be able to understand the process, gain confidence and learn of the many resources and tools available. This isn’t a typical course: be prepared to have fun while you work!

Upon finishing the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Telfer School of Management.

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Petawawa, Ontario: February 24-25, 2018 (English)
-The registration deadline is Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cold Lake, Alberta: March 10-11, 2018 (English)
-The registration deadline is Saturday, February 24, 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba: March 17-18, 2018 (English)
-The registration deadline is Saturday, March 3, 2018

Please note the language of instruction beside each location. Course materials will be provided in French upon request.


The program is being offered compliments of Military Family Services for eligible participants at no cost to the participant. To find out if you are eligible, see Who Should Attend.


2 consecutive days with formal development from 8:00am – 4:30pm with the possibility of an optional working lab session from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on day 1.

How to Register

Please fill out our online registration form.  


Who Should Attend

Military spouses, parents, adult children, and other immediate adult family members.

If you do not identify with one of the military affiliations above (i.e. veteran, military member, veteran family member) and are still interested in participating in the program, please contact Military Family Services at In your e-mail please include your current affiliation to the military, which session you are interested in attending, and why you are interested in attending it. These applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis based on enrolment.

What You Will Learn

  • The start-up process and how to approach it
  • Key skills such as ideation, business modeling and cash flow forecasting
  • That starting a business isn’t as hard as you think!

Program Takeaways

  • Chance to practice skills and behaviors that you can apply to any idea
  • Key tools and resources available to assist you along your entrepreneurial journey
  • By practising key skills, you’ll gain the confidence you need to know you can do it if you choose to

Instructor Profile(s)

Stephen Daze is the lead instructor for the program. Stephen is a veteran entrepreneurship coach and an experienced trainer. He joined the Telfer School of Management in 2012 as an Entrepreneur in Residence and became the Dom Herrick Entrepreneur in Residence in 2014. He teaches entrepreneurship and is responsible for entrepreneurship strategy and program planning, providing counsel to students and faculty on business planning and business start-up issues, and working with the community to bolster support for the School’s entrepreneurship activities.

He previously led the Ottawa Entrepreneurship Centre for 14 years helping thousands of clients learn about and launch their businesses. In total, Stephen has been teaching entrepreneurship and helping start-ups for 20 years.  He is also the Founder of Coach my Startup applying decades of experience in working with entrepreneurs, and the founder of Agawa Entrepreneurship Development Corporation, which works in the area of entrepreneurship strategy development and capacity building, helping colleges, universities and communities build programs to support entrepreneurs. 

Stephen graduated from the University of Regina’s School of Management and Saint Francis Xavier’s Adult Education Certificate program, as well as the Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators at Babson College and the Lean LaunchPad Educators program at Stanford University. 

For more information



February 24-25 (English):
Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre
3025 Petawawa Boulevard, Unit E,
Petawawa, ON

March 10-11 (English)
4 Wing MFRC
Building 674, Kingsway Rd.,
Cold Lake, AB

March 17-18 (English)
17 Wing Junior Ranks Mess
Building 61, 715 Wihuri Rd.,
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Winnipeg AB

Please note the language of instruction beside each location.